St. Jude patient Andrew, age 12, bone cancer

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Andrew and his dad

Andrew and his dad, Herman

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My name is Herman. I’m a Commander in the United States Navy. My wife, Candice, and I want to tell you about our son, Andrew.

Andrew is smart, studious, personable — a joy to be around. In the fall of last year, while I was serving in my command tour, he injured his right knee in a scooter accident. When I came home for the holidays, the area above his knee was still extremely swollen. The nurse practitioner at the military clinic referred us to an orthopedic specialist, who found a mass on his femur. The specialist referred us to St. Jude.

When we learned our son had bone cancer, which had spread to his lungs, it was devastating. At that moment, my wife and I could not visualize a future for Andrew, let alone find any hope in his situation.

At St. Jude, the staff rallied around Andrew, but the tumor didn’t respond to treatment. I was still in my command tour, more than 2,000 miles away, when Andrew learned he would lose his leg. I cannot describe how painful it was to not be there for him in that moment. We spoke on the phone, cried together, and then we made the vow to keep fighting.

The strength and courage Andrew has displayed is second to none. Though the primary tumor has been removed, via amputation, he’s still undergoing treatment for the tumors in his lungs.

I don’t know where we would be without St. Jude. If you have to face something like this, these are the people you want by your side. And families never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything. Being at a world-class hospital that doesn’t care about your insurance or your ability to pay, that just wants to help your child get better, is priceless.

This is only possible because people like you donate. Your donations do make a difference. My wife and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

About Community Health Charities (CHC)

ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude, is a member of Community Health Charities (CHC). Improving the health of Americans is the goal of the member charities that make up the Community Health Charities family — the most trusted names in health information, research and services. For more than half a century, CHC has partnered with its member health charities in the workplace to provide a cost effective partnership that enhances the ability to deliver more of every dollar donated into the hands of those who desperately need it.

About Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)

CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1 – December 15) support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

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